Do you have what it takes to turn compassion and a general desire to “do something” into specific action that makes a positive contribution to our world?  Do you ever wonder where a liberal arts education might take you? 

Come join Middlebury alumni who chose to teach and ask them!  They will share the challenges, beauty, demands, and benefits of teaching in our nation’s cities.  Are you ready to join them?  

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Dessert Reception & Panel Discussion
Atwater Dining Hall

Friday, October 30, 2015, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Roundtable Discussions with Alumni
Ross Fireplace Lounge

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Alumni Biographies

8th Grade History Teacher, Uncommon Schools: Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant Middle Academy, Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, NY

Timothy Garcia is originally from Inwood NYC. At Middlebury he was President of Distinguished Men of Color and a Film and Media Studies Major.  Through Film, he analyzed the workings of Middlebury College as an institution and how higher education impacted students of Color.  In addition, he developed the necessary skills with DMC to accept a role in the professional word.  While at Middlebury, he taught rising 9th graders literature at Breakthrough New York where his experience set him up to have a smooth transition into the teaching world.  In 2014, shortly after graduation, Tim started his two year commitment to  Teach for America in New York and is now completing his second year of teaching 8th grade history at a charter school in Brooklyn while earning his Master's Degree for Educational Studies.

MBA Candidate, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Former Teach for America Corps Member, Miami-Dade County, FL

I'm Carl Gayle, originally from the Bronx, New York. I attended Middlebury College in 2008 as a Posse Scholar. At Middlebury I was a part of the Men's Varsity Basketball team for four years. I majored in History and minored in Political Science. After writing my thesis on Malcolm X my senior year, I had the desire to give back, especially to communities I identified with, which led me to Teach for America. Post-graduation, I become a TFA corps member in the Miami-Dade region and worked there for two years before applying to business school at Emory University, where I am currently. 

Assistant Principal, David Crockett Elementary School, San Antonio ISD, San Antonio, TX

Yara Luna is an Assistant Principal at David Crockett Elementary School in San Antonio ISD in San Antonio, Texas. She has been with SAISD for nine years; this is Yara's second year in administration. Yara was awarded the SAISD Teacher of the Year, has been recognized as a Distinguished Educator  from the Trinity University Prize for Excellence in Teaching, was a recipient of the KENS- 5 ExCel Golden Apple Award and served as the SAISD Go Public Campaign representative. Yara received her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She graduated from Brackenridge HS, SAISD. At Middlebury, Yara was a Sociology/ Anthropology major with a minor in German. 

Yara is the daughter of Lucia Garza, a classroom teacher for 44 years in SAISD and Santiago Luna, a retired Army Captain. When not working, Yara enjoys spending time with her nephew Luke '31 and Sadie '33. 

News Story on Yara Luna

Yara Luna Awarded Golden Apple ExCel Award in Teaching

District Alum Named Trinity Prize Nominee

Director of Academic Technology and Fab Lab, Caroll School, Lincoln, MA

Colin is the Director of Academic Technology and Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab) at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA. The Carroll School is a school for children with language based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. He has had numerous roles during his nine years at the Carroll School. They have ranged from teaching math and science classes to creating and designing the Learning Commons and Fab Lab, a STEAM focused 21st century learning space. He has collaborated with the Global Discovery Academy schools in India on a cross cultural game design and computer programming challenge for 8th grade students. He has presented at Scratch@MIT conferences about incorporating Scratch, a visual computer programing language for kids, into math classes. Colin graduated from Middlebury College with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Teacher Education. After graduation he student taught in a 4th grade classroom at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury, VT. Then, he interned at Tom Snyder Productions, an educational software company in Watertown, MA. Colin obtained his Master’s degree from Stanford University’s Learning, Design and Technology program. For his final project at Stanford he worked on an original invention called Process Pad, an interactive, multi-touch platform designed to capture a learner’s thought process and facilitate the explanation of ideas. His major interests include educational technology, constructionism, developing students’ strengths and STEAM integration. He believes that students should not only be consumers of their education, but creators.

7th Grade Biology Teacher, John O'Bryant School of Math & Sciences, Roxbury MA and MA Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Simran Sabharwal (class of 2014) is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education at Harvard Graduate School, and is completing her teaching practicum this fall at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science in Roxbury, MA where she is teaching 7th grade Unified Science. At Middlebury, Simran studied Biology with minors in Secondary Education and Spanish. During the summer of 2012 and 2013 Simran taught 7th grade Biology and 8th grade Chemistry as a teaching fellow with the national non-profit education program, Breakthrough Collaborative, in Cambridge, MA. Outside of the classroom, Simran has served as a mentor for local youth of all ages through the DREAM Program – a Vermont-based mentoring organization that pairs college students with youth from affordable housing neighborhoods. Last summer she served as a VYDC AmeriCorps member, working as a counselor at Camp DREAM in Fletcher, VT. Simran is passionate about empowering the next generation of young people through education, compassion, and community engagement. Outside of school and teaching, Simran enjoys dancing (previous member of MiddMasti Indian Dance troupe), playing basketball, cooking with friends, and spending time in the outdoors, especially hiking back in Vermont!

Middle School Writing Teacher, KIPP Infinity Middle School, West Harlem, NY

Ryan Urquidi '13 began teaching as a Teach for America Corps member in the Washington DC region upon graduation. After completing his commitment in Upper Marlboro, MD, he moved to NYC and has been working at KIPP: Infinity Middle School as a seventh grade writing teacher in West Harlem.